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for president obama. >> obviously it's all happening, the theater of it is happening in the crucial states. the governor is in wisconsin today. as we can see, the president in ohio. you look at the top of drudge, john, and it's all about the complications of the recovery, the gas lines, the frustration. how much vulnerability does that leave the president even though he may appear to be acting presidential? >> reporter: i don't think very much at all. if any at all. because, first of all, the complications are occurring in states that the president is going to win easily. that's new jersey, new york, connecticut, for example, and, secondly, i don't think anybody is blaming the president for any of those complications. certainly chris christie, the keynote speaker at the republican convention this year, is not blaming the president. to the contrary, he's praising the president's leadership. that's an asset for president obama. i don't know how big of an asset. i wouldn't expect it to change a lot of votes but the president is certainly not being hurt by this. >> john, appreciate that. we'll
for exceptional offers through mercedes-benz financial services. >>> president obama signing disaster declarations overnight for the state of new york and new jersey. joining us on the cnbc "newsline," former new jersey governor christine todd whitman. governor, good to have you with us. good morning. >> good morning. how are you surviving? >> hacking in there. we have power which is more than a lot of people can say. ahead of this storm people expected given the experience of irene that officials were overselling it. that clearly was not the case. >> certainly was not the case. it's been an amazing storm, and the aftermath is going to take a long time to clean up which is going to be a real problem. >> what's happening right now that you find most important? >> well, frankly, it's the way -- it's the preparation. it was the pre-storm activity that took place that's most impressed me from both the government side on both sides of the river and from the utilities. i mean, people learned a lesson from irene, and they really seem to have put things together in the best way possible. having said that,
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